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Shooting follows fight over Facebook posting

By The Associated Press

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Bluefield police say a dispute over a social media message led to gunfire that nearly hit an infant.

Michael Hopkins, 34, of Bluefield, was charged with wanton endangerment, felony possession of a firearm and brandishing a deadly weapon after the Monday shooting, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported. Hopkins was arrested late Wednesday is being held in the city jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Patrolman A.B. Palmer said Hopkins argued with another person over a comment posted on Facebook, then went to that person’s home and fired about three shots into the residence. None of the three people inside was hit by the gunfire, but Palmer said one round was found close to a crib that had been occupied by an infant.


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